The Yumeiho therapy – beginning, evolution
The Yumeiho therapy – beginnings -
While the Japanese masters used to employ and perfect therapeutic procedures and martial arts absorbed, in Antiquity, from the Chinese culture (and already integrated within the japanese tradition), certain people preferred to learn directly from the source, meaning, in China. Upon their return to Japan, they would perfect their training also by studying the japanese methods.
Shuichi Ohno Hidekazu leaves, at age 6, in China, as monastic apprentice in order to learn martial arts (Chuan Fa, Zheng Ti Fa), but he is drawn rather to the postural restoration methods of “remodeling human architecture” and manual therapeutic procedures used by martial arts practitioners. Therefore, he returns to Japan (1945) not as a master of martial arts, but as a master of the art of postural rehabilitation and of the therapy of bodily symmetry disorders. After that, he studies a large range of manual therapeutic methods, both Japanese and from other Far East countries, to the purpose of searching the most efficient therapeutic methods aiming at “re-centering” the body and at harmonizing, functionally speaking, human physiology starting from tangible structures (muscles, joints, skeleton, nerves, etc.) using exclusively manual procedures.
Saionji Masayuki, drawn as child to the Chinese calligraphy and studying it for 10 years until he masters it, inherently comes into contact with ancient writings about the traditional Chinese medicine he often copies during his training. Of all the works of utmost calligraphic art he is drawn to the ones originated in the Buddhist monasteries, works which describe the manual therapeutic methods employed by monks. Because he also wants to acquire practical knowledge, he looks for a master able to guide him. To this end, he visits several schools of manual Japanese therapies, as well as several master therapists, but without being particularly drawn to a certain method or to a certain master.
This happened for two reasons: first, he did not find what he wanted and, secondly, due to the fact the Japanese were becoming increasingly Chinese-phobic (in part because of the war, and partly for national pride related reasons), the Chinese base of the manual therapies practiced in Japan was eliminated or radically changed, that situation generating contradictions to the study and knowledge Saionji Masayuki had already acquired.
However, in 1975, his explorations lead him to master Shuichi Ohno who, given his initiation-related experiences, was practicing precisely what Saionjy Masayuki wanted to learn. After he acquires and perfects the theoretical knowledge and, in particular, the practical ones (in fact, the only knowledge he was lacking) with his master’s acceptance and help, he conceives a new therapeutic method structured on 100 fundamental (basic) procedures and several other auxiliary (circumstantial, complementary) procedures, naming it “Special Divine Oriental Massage”. In relation to the manual therapeutic procedures, he also designs a set of exercises of prophylactic and therapeutic-corrective gymnastics, called “Divine Gymnastics”. The term “divine” was related to the “monastical” roots of procedures and theoretic principles. As a result, master Shuichi Ohno encourages him to open his own therapy school. In order to reach to that goal, Saionji Masayuki attends training and authorization courses as therapist and master of traditional Japanese therapies, courses the graduates by obtaining a license of mastery in traditional therapies. Along with obtaining the license, in may 1981, he officially opens his own manual therapy school called “KOTSUBAN YUMEIHO”. This is the moment when the Yumeiho therapy was created.
骨盤湧命法 – kotsuban yumeiho
“Kotsuban” 骨盤 – pelvis;
“Yu” 湧 – flow, spring, growth; “Mei” 命 – vital energy; “Ho” 法 – method, technique
After obtaining a diploma of Master of traditional therapies (1981) and opening his own school of manual therapy called “Kotsuban Yumeiho”, Saionji Masayuki founds the International Institute of Practical Preventive Medicine, headquartered in Tokyo – Japan, the purpose of founding this institution being the worldwide popularization of the Yumeiho Therapy.
Between 1981 and 1987, Master Saionji Masayuki perfects his therapeutic method carrying out a series of o theoretical and practical studies on the interdependency relation between pelvic symmetry, the functional harmony of pelvis and the dominant position of the center of gravity of the human body, and, respectively, their influence of health. His initial studies (more than 2,000 cases) prove, beyond any shadow of doubt, the correlation between the dominant position of the center of gravity of the body and certain pathological patterns, whereas, from a practical point of view, the acquired statistics demonstrate the efficiency of the therapy, both curatively and prophylactically speaking. Thus, having laid out the scientific grounds, he materializes his will to popularize the Yumeiho therapy by publishing his first books (in China and Japan – 1987) followed by a series of other six books published in Japan between 1987 and 1991, some of these becoming bestsellers.
After his success in Japan, he decides it’s time he put into practice his will to spread his therapeutic method outside the borders of Japan, which is why he turns to the support of the Esperanto organizations (the language he had been studying since 1980). With the Esperantists’ help, he publishes the first version Esperanto version of the book on Yumeiho in 1989, and he makes his first Yumeiho popularization visit outside Japan, that is, in Europe – Poland. Subsequently, between 1989 and 2004, the book “The Yumeiho Therapy” is translated from Esperanto and published in 25 languages, Master Saionji Masayuki holding presentations and courses on the Yumeiho therapy in more than 40 countries.
Of the more than 200 visits outside Japan made by Master Saionji Masayuki in order to spread the Yumeiho therapy, the following count as the most remarkable:
- 1990 – Central Military Hospital of Scientific Research of the Military Aviation of Moscow – Russia; after the theoretic and practical demonstration, the bases of a collaboration which lasts until 1999 and laid out. Within this prestigious institution a series of scientific researches and studies proving the curative-prophylactic efficiency of the Yumeiho therapy are carried out;
- 1992 – He presents, both theoretically and practically, the Yumeiho therapy, at the University of Medicine in Shanghai and at the Tuina Association in Shanghai (China); he participates to the International Symposium dedicated to the Saionji Masayuki Method at the Police Hospital in Moscow – Russia; he is awarded the title of “visiting professor” by the College of Medicine of the city of Jiao-Zuo, the Hebei province – China;
- 1994 – He holds a lecture followed by a course on Yumeiho at the University of Medicine of Siberia in Tomsk – Russia; he is awarded the title of Doctor of Traditional Medical Sciences from the part of the Health Ministry of Russia; lectures and courses of Yumeiho at the Military Hospital in Hanoi – Vietnam;
1995 – Discourse on the Yumeiho therapy at the International Academy of University of Sciences of San Marco; he is awarded the title of “Doctor of Medical Sciences”.
1999 – He participates to the Medical Seminar dedicated to medical recovery procedures at the Hospital of Military Aviation of Moscow – Russia and at the Universal Congress of Esperanto in Berlin – Germany where he also holds lectures and practical demonstrations;
2002 – Ukraine, he participates, as guest of honor, to the National Medical Conference on Scoliosis; he participates to the European Congress of Esperantist Physicians where he holds lectures and practical demonstrations.
In order to obtain concrete scientific data, Master Saionji Masayuki uses, as from 1994, a computerized electronic scale (see the picture below) able to measure the distribution of the human body weight at the level of each of the lower limbs, as per various time units. In time, the tool was perfected and manufactured in sundry versions, able to also generate diagrams of oscillations in the center of gravity and, respectively, of variations in body weight distributed on lower limbs.
In 1993 he visits Romania (Timisoara) for the first time, on the occasion of the launch of his book, “The 20th Century Miracle”, the translation from Esperanto into Romanian being carried out by Ms. Univ. Prof. Dr. Rodica Popa and Ms. Dr. Florica Popa.
On February the 28th, 2005, Dr. SAIONJI MASAYUKI, founder of the Yumeiho therapy and director of the International Institute of Practical Preventive Medicine of Tokyo passed away following an unfortunate accident.